The competition returns to its roots in Cleveland, where James Vann and Bedlam Werks from Athens, Ga., take on Cameron Jones and Los Angeles-based Lucky Wheels in a showdown heavily affected by wintry Midwestern weather and riding conditions.
DIY garage builders from Louisville, Ky., take on a superbike racing pit crew from Boerne, Texas. A belt-driven starter bike foils the Texas group's efforts to upgrade performance, while the Louisville crew battles sleep deprivation to finish their build on time.
Both teams are thrown for a loop when they're asked to make a chopper out of a late 1970s Japanese bike. Australian master fabricator Craig Rodsmith leads Chicago's Rod Smith Cycles against Justin Webster and J. Webster Designs from Gainesville, Fla.
Loaded Gun Customs' Kevin Dunworth brings an all-star team to the competition that includes renowned chopper fabricator Will Ramsey and Judy Perewitz, the fastest woman on a motorcycle. Opposing them is L.A.'s Lossa Engineering and legendary builder Jay LaRossa. When it comes to sourcing parts and hitting up connections for this Harley Sportster build, Lossa holds the clear home-team advantage.
Motorcycle builders compete in challenges. In the opener, teams from Chicago and Tampa compete to customize a new bike with computer-driven mechanics in just 72 hours. One misstep could turn these performance bikes into non-working duds on two wheels.